A complete guide to Cairns Restaurants

Contemporary Restaurants

2 Fish Restaurant Port Douglas

20 Wharf Street, Port Douglas (Shop 7)
(07) 4099 6350
email/dine)(2fishrestaurant.com.au
http://www.2fishrestaurant.com.au/

Hailed as 'a new experience in seafood dining', 2 Fish Restaurant is a multi-award winning establishment.

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Bang and Grind

8/14 Spence St, 4870
07 4051 7770

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Bellavista at the Marina

1 Pierpoint Road, Cairns (The Pier)
(07) 4041 3991
email/weare)(bellavistabar.com.au
http://www.bellavistabar.com.au/

Superb location on the marina, ideal for watching the sunset with afternoon beverages. Great range of pizzas with tatsy, innovative choices all cooked in a wood-fired pizza oven. Ideal venue for group celebrations or social dining.

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Blue Moon Grill

22-24 Trinity Beach Rd, Trinity Beach (Shop 6)
(07) 4057 8957
http://www.bluemoongrill.com.au

Blue Moon Grill is a 'twice' dual state finalist in the industries Restaurant and Caterers Association Awards (N.T, Qld). With, quite possibly the most relaxing atmosphere of any restaurant on the Northern Beaches, Blue Moon Grill offers a vast array of international and local produce melded to create some of the most exciting, fresh and tasty dishes you will ever try.

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Bushfire Flame Grill

A unique dining concept in Cairns, Bushfire Flame Grill brings the excitement of Brazilian inspired Churrasco.

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Cafe Coco

Adjacent to the Cairns International's Lobby, Cafe Coco offers casual brassiere style dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Choose from the A La Carte menu or Buffet and enjoy quick and quality service at any time of the day.

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Cafe De Lema

Shop 13, Palm Cove Shopping Village, Palm Cove
07 4055 3690
email/greattimes)(cafedelema.com

Famous for their tropical fruit daquiris, Cafe De Lema is a funky alfresco cafe overlooking the ocean in Palm Cove. Offering fun Fawlty Towers type of service and atmosphere, you won't leave the cafe without having at least one real Santa Claus belly laugh. Playing groovy cocktail tunes, this cafe's focus is on fun, with unstifling class. Very popular, bookings strongly advised for dinner.

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Cafe On Sea

Cape Tribulation Road, Thorton Beach
(07) 40989118
email/cafeonseaoz)(bigpond.com

Absolute beachfront cafe on Thorton Beach, adjacent to the Daintree Rainforest.

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Cafe Thailand

7/93 The Esplanade, Cairns
(07) 4041 2624

Fast paced friendly restaurant, with beautiful Thai decor. Extensive menu with many traditional Thai dishes not seen at other restaurants in Cairns, but also many dishes using local produce such as barramundi and coral trout. 10% discount on take away orders.

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Caffiend

78 Grafton St, Cairns (Shop 5, Up the Alley)
(07) 4051 5522
email/manager)(caffiend.com.au
http://www.caffiend.com.au/

(Ka-feend) noun: someone who is excessively fond of, or addicted to coffee. Caffiend is a coffee connoisseur's dream cafe.

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Castro's!

The Drift, Shop 8/47 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove QLD 4879, Australia, Palm Cove
(07) 4059 2600

Open 7 days. Ice creams, coffee, drinks, fresh juice and wireless internet.

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Cherry Blossom Japanese Restaurant

Cnr Spence & Lake Sts, Cairns (Upstairs)
(07) 40521050
email/satoko)(cherryblossom.com.au
http://www.cherryblossom.com.au/

One of Cairns' oldest Japanese restaurants, being established in 1987, Cherry Blossom Japanese Restaurant features a sushi bar, table cooking, teppanyaki and Japanese noodles. An authentic Japanese dining experience utilising fresh Great Barrier Reef seafood with the refined preparation styles of Japanese cooking. Exciting Australian meats such as Kangaroo, Emu and Crocodile are also available. Open for lunch on Wed, Thu & Fri, and dinner every night except Sun.

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Coco's Restaurant

17 Abbot St, 4870 (Pullman Cairns International)
07 4050 2101
http://www.pullmancairnsinternational.com.au/

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Courtyard By Marriott Great Barrier Reef Resort

Veivers Road (Cnr Williams Esplanade), Palm Cove
(07) 40553999

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Croc Eye Cafe

5 Stewart Street, Daintree, 4873
(07) 4098 6229
email/kellbell13)(bigpond.com
http://www.croceyecafe.com/

Aptly named cafe in the Daintree Village. Many people visit the village to go crocodile spotting.

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D's Steakhouse and Bar

3 Junction Rd, Mossman, 4873
07 4098 3365

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Daintree Palms Bistro

17 Oasis Drive, Wonga Beach
(07) 40987871
email/info)(daintreepalms.com
http://www.daintreepalms.com

Daintree Palms Bistro is open 7 nights a week from 6pm. The restaurant is located at the Daintree Palms Beach Resort.

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Dragonfly Gallery Cafe

9 Camelot Close, Cape Tribulation
(07) 40980121

Funky and fun atmosphere in the middle of the rainforest at Cape Trib, this backpacker friendly cafe has lots of interesting things to look at, games to play and groovy tunes all set in a large treehouse style restaurant. Not your ordinary cafe, interesting menu choices and a unique feel.

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Eden House Restaurant

20 Gillies Highway, Yungaburra
(07) 40953355
email/indulge)(edenhouse.com.au
http://www.edenhouse.com.au/

Family owned restaurant in a Heritage Listed homestead, Eden House is recommended by Gourmet Traveller for it's contemporary country cuisine.

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Far Horizons Restaurant

1 Veivers Road, Palm Cove (Angsana Resort)
(07) 40553000
email/cairns)(angsana.com
http://www.angsana.com/gbr/facilities/dining.htm

A very classy restaurant located on absolute beachfront at Palm Cove. This restaurant has won awards for dining excellence. The restaurant sometimes sets up dining on the lawn among the palm trees beside the beach. The service is relaxed and friendly and the crowd is a mix of hotel guests from this and other nearby resorts. On Friday and Saturday nights a guitarist plays in the cocktail bar. A wonderful treat.

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Fifty Nine Restaurant and Bar

Paradise Palms Resort and Country Club, Paradise Palms Drive, Kewarra Beach QLD 4879, Australia, Kewarra Beach
(07) 4059 9910

Open from 8am daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ocean and mountain views.

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Flames of the Forest

An exquisite dining experience set deep in the rainforest near Port Douglas, Flames of the Forest is tropical 3 course feast complete with beer & wine, return coach transfers, Aboriginal cultural performance, rainforest entertainment production. An outstanding dining experience well suited to couples and groups of people celebrating. Bookings essential.

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Flinders Bar & Grill

The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns
(07) 40308888

Flinders Bar and Grill is located on the first floor of the Reef Hotel Casino. The restaurant serves light meals at all hours of the day - a great place to refresh your palette after a few hours at the casino!

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Foxwell Park

Lot 5 Foxwell Road, Malanda
(07) 4096 6183
email/info)(foxwell.com.au
http://www.foxwellpark.com.au/

Located at a picturesque rural B&B, this restaurant is a hidden gem with the capacity to serve only a handful of guests. It is essential to book well in advance. Very high quality and excellent service.

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Frame

105 McLeod St, 4870
07 4031 1776
http://frameespresso.com.au/

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Fusion Organics

Cnr Aplin & Grafton Sts, Cairns
(07) 40511388
email/rpspbb)(bigpond.com
http://www.fusionorganics.com.au

Aimed to please those who lead an alternative lifestyle, Vegetarians, Glychemics, Vegans and the health conscious are most welcome at Fusion Organics. Great coffee!

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Gourmet A-Go-Go

PO Box 185, Edge Hill
(07) 480340

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Grill'd Healthy Burgers

77 The Esplanade
07 4041 4200

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Hanuman Restaurant

1 Wharf Street, Cairns (Hilton Cairns)
(07) 40526786
http://www.hanuman.com.au

Renowned chef Jimmy Shu brings the latest exciting restaurant installment to Cairns. Expect innovative, modern Asian cuisine in an elegant setting. Amazing flavours and an impressive dining experience.

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Harrison's Restaurant

It's not everyday a Michelin star restaurant trained chef opens a restaurant in Port Douglas. Harrison's owner/chef Spencer Patrick has created an elegant French-inspired fine dining experience. The setting is a quaint colonial house with tropical gardens taking full advantage of North Queensland's famous climate. If you're looking for a decadent, romantic evening, this is the perfect choice.

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Jacanas Restaurant

1 Stewart Street, Daintree
(07) 40986146
email/daintree.store)(bigpond.com

Jacanas, in the Daintree Village, diners are spoilt by incredible scenery, sumptuous barramundi, grain-fed beef and refreshingly cold beer.

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Jardines Restaurant

18-26 Cannon Street, Manunda
(07) 4053 8805

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L'Unico Trattoria Italiano

Cnr Vasey Esp & Trinity Beach Rd, Trinity Beach
(07) 4057 8855
email/enquiries)(lunico.net.au
http://www.lunico.net.au/

A stunning location on the Trinity Beach Esplanade, L'Unicois designed for diners to take advantage of their gorgeous surroundings... wide, open verandahs with large doors and windows. Playful and efficient staff marry a delicious array of interesting menu items. L'unico is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Lillipad Cafe

Grafton St, Cairns (next to City Arcade)
(07) 40519565

The Lillipad Cafe specialises in fresh vegetarian cuisine, complimented by the famous Mungali Creek Dairy products. But you can also order fantastic focaccias and sandwiches that are refreshing and healthy. This cafe also serves wonderful coffee in a funky setting.

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Macrossans

Davidson Street, Port Douglas
(07) 40995888
email/switch370)(sheraton.com
http://www.sheraton-mirage.com

Located at the Sheraton Mirage Resort, Macrossans offers indoor and outdoor dining in an relaxed environment. The restaurant overlooks a large water feature, creating a romantic atmosphere.

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Mizuna Restaurant

New restaurant for Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort as part of a recent refurbishment. Head Chef, Mark Carrette has prepared a diverse menu featuring combinations of Australian specialties and international favourites. The restaurant will be focusing on providing fresh, locally sourced produce and 4.5 star quality.

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Mondo Cafe Bar & Grill

Hilton Hotel, Cairns
(07) 40526780
http://www.hilton.com

Mondo Cafe has one of, if not the best, locations in Cairns city. Overlooking the harbour, the food served at this restaurant matches the superb views. Ideal for business lunches.

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Monika's on Lily

22 Lily St, 4870 (Shop 1)
4051 0222

Coffee Lounge

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Nautilus Beach Cafe and Bar

Kewarra Beach Resort, Kewarra Street, Kewarra Beach, Cairns Queensland 4879, Australia, Kewarra Beach
(07) 4057 6666
email/reservations)(kewarrabeachresort.com.au
http://www.kewarrabeachresort.com.au

Cocktails and barbecue on the beachfront. Opening special of a deluxe barbecue for $39/person on Friday nights from 6.30pm.

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Nautilus Restaurant

Nautilus is a winner of many awards for excellent dining, and has appeared in travel magazines around the world. This is a high-class venue, reserved for those who want the best dining experience possible.

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Neptunes On The Cove

95 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
(07) 40553899

Located in the centre of Palm Cove in the building that looks like an Indian temple. Neptunes serves a contemporary array of dishes at reasonable prices.

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North Food + Wine

PierPoint Rd, Cairns
(07) 4031 1411
email/slmc)(shangri-la.com

With million dollar views across the Cairns harbour, Tides Restaurant is superbly positioned for a special meal. Tides utilises their buffet in sohpistocated way for breakfast with extensive hot and cold dishes available as well as an egg chef. Lunch features an authentic curry bar with a range of interesting Indian delights. Dinner is contemporary Australiasian a la carte cuisine. Shangri-La formerly had Sirocco Restaurant in a similar location.

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Nu Nu Restaurant

123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
(07) 4059 1880
email/info)(nunu.com.au
http://www.nunu.com.au/

A modern Asian-inspired Australian restaurant with a casual tropical flair.

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O'Cha Cha Modern Japanese Dining

34 Lake St, 4870 (Palm Court Floor 1 / Shop F7-F8)
07 4051 7055
ochacha.cairns

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O'Sheas Restaurant

169 O'Shea Esplanade, Machans Beach, 4878
(07) 4055 0010
http://www.osheasrestaurant.com/

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Olanos Ristorante e Lounge Bar

On the waterfront at Harbour Lights, 1 Marlin Parade, Cairns
4041 5002
email/dine)(olanos.com.au
http://www.olanos.com.au

Olano's is a beautifully located restaurant and lounge bar overlooking Trinity Wharf. Perfect for large or small groups. The Sicilian head chef provides a fresh, interesting menu with Italian influence.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Ozmosis

1/116 Mayers St, Edgehill, 4870 (Collins Ave)
4032 1517
email/kitchen)(ozmosiscafe.com.au

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Pacific Flavours Brasserie

The Reef Hotel Casino, 35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns
(07) 40308888

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Pacific Flavours Brasserie offers a nightly Tropical Seafood Buffet Dinner with a wide selection of tasty seafood and tropical fruit. Sunday lunch features a live band and bottomless glasses of wine!

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Paperbark Restaurant

80 Kewarra St, Kewarra Beach (Kewarra Beach Resort)
(07) 4057 6666
email/reservations)(kewarrabeachresort.com.au
http://www.kewarrabeachresort.com.au

Paperbark Restaurant provides a sublime culinary experience, with an internationally renowned kitchen brigade, and an ethical culinary philosophy that focuses very strongly on the fresh local produce of our region.

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Peppers Gourmet Pizza

Barang Street, Kuranda
07 40938733

Gorgeous pasta with interesting Chef's Specials every night. Large range of pizzas, with outdoor dining on a huge balcony. Bookings Essential.

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Perrotta's at Myer

1-21 McLeod St, Cairns (Inside Myer, Cairns Central Shopping Centre)
07 4031 5899

Quality in house cafe inside the Cairns Myer store. Excellent range of salads and paninis. Serves a good cup of Genovese coffee.

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Pesci's On The Water

Pierpoint Rd, Cairns (Pier Marketplace)
(07) 4041 1133
http://www.pescis.com.au/

Cairns' only seafood restaurant overlooking the famous Marlin Marina, specialising in fresh local and southern seafood and modern Australian cuisine. The menu is not limited to seafood though, with an extensive meat and pasta selection - all pasta is made on premises daily. Gorgeous location with magnificent waterfront views, Pesci's won the Restaurant and Caterers award for Queensland in 2003 for a la carte dining. Open for lunch and dinner.

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Raymond's On The Beach

1 Banfield Parade (Wongaling Beach), Mission Beach
(07) 40688177

Prime location across the road from Wongaling Beach, Raymond's breezy restaurant is built well for the environment. The menu is dominantly seafood, with innovative quirks. Lengthy wine list for a remote area restaurant, and very friendly staff.

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Salsa Bar & Grill

Views of Dickson Inlet from a traditional plantation style Queenslander house, make Salsa Bar and Grill truly tropical. This is a very popular restaurant - even with US Presidents and short Australian Prime Ministers. Food is of a high calibre, and bookings are recommended.

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Salt House

Exquisitely located on the waterfront within the Cairns marina, Salt House is the place to go for amazing views over Trinity Inlet. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are heavily focussed on local produce, and feature modern Australian cuisine. An excellent restaurant for a quiet romantic evening, or to celebrate a special occasion with friends.

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Sassi at Bale

1 Bale Drive, Port Douglas 4877 QLD, Australia, Port Douglas
(07) 4084 3000
email/bale)(peppers.com.au
http://www.peppers.com.au/Bale-Resort

Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. 2008 Restaurant and Catering Award winners for Best Italian Restaurant in Far North Queensland.

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Sea Salt Bar and Restaurant

Blue Lagoon Resort, 22-26 Trinity Beach Road, Trinity Beach QLD 4879, Australia, Trinity Beach
(07) 4057 6555

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Smith Street Cafe

4/321 Sheridan St, 4870
07 4041 3128

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Springs Restaurant

122 Lake Street, Cairns
(07) 40801888

Located at Oasis Resort Cairns, Springs is a high class restaurant in an unlikely location. Don't be fooled by its location in the foyer of a hotel, Springs serves wonderful food and has friendly service. Definitely worth a visit.

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Stratford Deli & Cafe

7 Kamerunga Road, Stratford
(07) 40551633

Good delis are hard to find in Cairns, but hidden away in the Tropical area of Stratford is a charming oasis that is the perfect place to slow down and relax. Bask in the gentle atmosphere, dine on fresh food and sip delicious coffee. The staff at Stratford Deli and Cafe are helpful and very friendly. A highly enjoyable treat.

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TAFE Tropics Restaurant

Cairns
(07) 40422477

This restaurant is the Tafe training restaurant where up and coming chefs and waitors test their skills. This restaurant has the potential to serve fantastic meals at very low prices, but be prepared for standards to slip occasionally. For a cheap lunch or dinner, it's worth the risk.

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Tamara's at the Beach

123 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
(07) 4059 9200

Fitting in with the relaxed holiday attitude of Palm Cove this elegant and romantic restaurant is ideal for a celebratory dinner for two. As Outrigger Beach Club & Spa's signature restaurant, Tamara's at the Beach excels at its modern Australian cuisine choice.

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Tamarind Restaurant

35-41 Wharf Street, Cairns (Reef Casino)
(07) 4030 8888

An intimate and exclusive restaurant, it is advised you book ahead to experience Tamarind due to its popularity. And well founded too, Tamarind restaurant is an exquisite dining experience incorporating the exciting tastes and textures of Asian cuisine in an innovative menu incorporating Western culture. The signature restaurant of the Sofitel Reef Casino, this a dining 'must do' while in Cairns.

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Teshis Restaurant

209-217 The Esplanade, Cairns
(07) 40518999

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The Homestead Restaurant

Beantree Road, Tolga
(07) 4095 4266
email/homestead)(shipfieldhotels.com.au

The Homestead at the Atherton Tablelands is one of those places that revives the senses and makes you realise the world is a great place after all. The restaurant is surrounded by fruit trees on a huge property, and the only sound you'll hear is chirping birds, the wind through the trees and clinking wine glasses. Wonderful fresh food, fantastic devonshire tea, and a fully stocked bar. Definitely worth a visit.

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The Little Larder

40 Macrossan St, 4877 (Shop 2)
0475430570

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The Lounge

24 Shields St, Cairns (below the Woolshed)
(07) 4031 6304

After dinner cocktail lounge.

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The Moonglow

Castaways Beach Resort, Mission Beach
(07) 40687 444

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The Sebel Reef House

99 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
(07) 40553633

The Sebel Reef House has been regarded as one of Cairns' finest restaurants for many years. It combines a fabulous location with impeccable service and fine food. Dining here is a wonderful treat and you won't be disappointed.

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Tree House Restaurant

Located at the Silky Oaks Lodge in Mossman, the TreeHouse Restaurant is an open-air restaurant perched above the Mossman River. Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, this is a treat set in a tropical location.

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Uhub

129 Abbot St, 4870
07 4041 0558

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Vivo Bar & Grill

49 Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove, Australia, Palm Cove
(07) 4059 0944
email/info)(vivo.com.au

This highly acclaimed restaurant just added another award to its long list with the 2008 Restaurant and Catering Award for best Breakfast Restaurant.

Superb service, great quality food and an impressive cocktail and wine list. Enjoy all of this whilst relaxing on the balcony and looking through the palm trees to the beach.

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Waterbar and Grill Steakhouse

Pierpoint Road, Cairns
40311199
email/waterbar)(bigpond.net.au

The Waterbar & Grill is located at the Pier and offers al fresco dining that overlooks the marina. It is a steakhouse specialising in contemporary Australian and South African cuisine. Great location for getting together with friends, especially over lunch.

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